Anne Peabody, For Kelly, 2015. Drawing on 14k gold leaf on glass, hand turned and finished wooden frame. D 9 in. courtesy: the artist

Thursday March 26, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: Anne Peabody’s glass memorial for a homeless man debuts in group exhibition in Brooklyn

A group exhibition curated by artist and arts organizer Megan Suttles presents work created by 14 artists during the MOREart’s Engaging Artists Residency Show “Artwork inspired by working with the homeless," which opens this Saturday, March 28th, at the Hot Wood Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York. Of special note is artist Anne Peabody's painted glass portrait, which grew out of her friendship with a man with no fixed address who she befriended. Like the other artists during this project, Peabody volunteered for six weeks with homeless advocacy organizations in the summer of 2014. In 14K-gold-leaf on glass, Peabody memorializes “Gilbert Kelly,” who was shot to death by a teenager in a random act of violence. The exhibition, will run through April 19, 2015, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 28th from 7 to 10 PM.

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Steffen Tast, Untitled, 2011.

Wednesday March 25, 2015 | by Emily Ma-Luongo

OPENING: The history and future of Danish glass art and design explored in museum exhibit

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On Saturday, March 28th, the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, will premier “DG15,” a two-part show that covers a 40-year timeline of Danish glass. "Part I" is a historical narrative curated by a former Holmegaard glass factory designer. "Part II," a juried selection, cuts to a contemporary focus of glass as art, expanding on genres and different practices of the material, showing the works of present and emerging artists. A follow-up to two exhibitions at this museum dedicated to contemporary glass art worldwide, one in 1994 (“Danish Glass 94” ) and one in 2004 (“What’s New?...Danish Glass 2004”), "DG15" is a continuing project to document current glass works and compare as well as contrast them with the designs of an earlier era. With over 100 works by 53 glass artists, the exhibition will run through September 27, 2015.

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Shot through the front and back sides of optically pure Gorilla Glass vitrines, the general public examines the work on display during opening weekend of the new wing of the Corning Museum. photo: andrew page

Tuesday March 24, 2015 | by Andrew Page

The glorious new Corning wing pioneers the use of Gorilla Glass to make display cases disappear

As readers of the Spring 2015 edition of GLASS (#138) know, the design of the new Contemporary Art + Design wing at The Corning Museum of Glass is based on the power of natural light to allow artwork in glass to come alive. The issue's feature article ("A New Frame for Contemporary Glass") and back-page essay by the wing's architect Thomas Phifer ("Designing the New Contemporary Wing of The Corning Museum of Glass") reveal a single-minded focus on bathing glass in indirect natural daylight to provide optimal viewing conditions. With architect Phifer viewing the museum wing itself as a vitrine, how to approach protecting the work without interfering with the visual effects so painstakingly achieved? The answer came when the architect, together with the Corning team and exhibit designer Kubik Maltbie, hit upon using the museum's corporate parent's specialty-glass known as "Corning Gorilla Glass," which is widely used in smart phones and tablet computers for its strength, lightness, and optical clarity.

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John Moran, Stand Your Ground, 2013. Freehand sculpted glass head, hands and arms, epoxy resin, fabric, latex and enamels. photo: edwin pieters

Wednesday March 18, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: John Moran’s solo exhibition at the S12 Gallery in Norway

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A solo exhibition “Youth_Anasia” by provocative American glass artist John Moran opening this Friday, March 20th, at the gallery of S12 in Bergen, Norway. Currently residing in Gent, Belgium, this emerging artist is known for his willingness to take on controversial subjects in his work. Moran’s practice reflects his interest in politics, philosophy, religion, and human social behavior. He is one of the rare artists using glass for work that explores social justice, awareness of conflicts, and government controls. The exhibition, which will run through April 19, 2015, features new works he made during his residency at S12, as well as earlier work, organized around the theme of youth.

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David Willis, rainy day dream away (Installation view), 2010. H 14, W 20, D 30 ft.

Tuesday March 17, 2015 | by Andrew Page

Flameworkers to gather in South Jersey for international conference this weekend

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Headlining the 2015 International Flameworking Conference (IFC) at Salem Community College taking place this weekend (March 20 - 22) will be Junichi Kojima, a.k.a, Rose Roads, and David Willis. Collaborative demonstrations by Eric Franklin and Jason Chakravarty will also be a major draw. The three-day event kicks off Friday evening at 7 PM with a presentation by the Chrysler Museum of Art curator of glass, Diane Wright who will deliver a lecture titled "From B.C. to Boro: A Short History of Flameworking" at the Sol and Jean Davidow Performing Arts Theatre at Davidow Hall on the community college's Carneys Point, New Jersey, campus.

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Classes will be taught in former glass factories.

Tuesday March 10, 2015 | by Emily Ma-Luongo

Summer courses announced by the International Academy at Bild-Werk Frauenau

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Bild-Werk Frauenau, the educational hub of glass making in the German-Czech region, has announced the 2015 summer schedule for interdisciplinary courses. Starting in April and May (depending on the course) and running through September, lectures and courses on hot glass, kiln casting, glass engraving and more will be available in the one- to two-and-a-half week classes. This year, the program aims to incorporate a crossover of techniques, especially in hot glass and ceramics. The  objective of the experimental learning process is for students to “develop individual artistic potential,” as stated on the school’s website.

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Richard Whiteley addressed a panel discussion that included Dan Clayman, Sharyn O'Mara, and Jack Wax during the 2013 symposium at UrbanGlass.

Sunday March 8, 2015 | by Andrew Page

CALL FOR PAPERS: UrbanGlass announces October 2015 symposium of academics and educators

Two years after the successful inaugural symposium in December 2013, UrbanGlass is again partnering with the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation to present a gathering of department heads, professors, and educators to discuss best practices in the lecture hall and studio. The upcoming symposium, titled "Issues in Glass Pedagogy: New Technologies in Practice" will be taking place from October 22 -24, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. The meeting of glass art educators will focus on new technology, with an empahsis on which of the new developments have the most relevance to the practice of glass art. The keynote presentation will be delivered by Tina Aufiero, artistic director of Pilchuck and the former director of the BFA Design & Technology Program at Parsons in New York City. Titled "bits + bytes: migratory investigations," Aufiero's talk aims to discuss the "technological implications for the field of glass."

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Rui Sasaki, Subtle Intimacy, 2013 Glass, fused, ash from plants and seaweed from Awashima, LEDs. H 71, W 76, D 77 1/2 in.

Wednesday March 4, 2015 | by Andrew Page

Rui Sasaki wins the 2015 Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award

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Japanese artist Rui Sasaki, who spent time in the U.S. earning her MFA from RISD (2010), has been awarded the 2015 Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award, which comes with a prize of € 10,000 (more than U.S. $ 11,000). The award is given each year to an artist who is under 40, and judges only consider work within the past two years. This year's award saw 164 applications from 28 countries. Two Talent Awards of the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation were also given to Maria Bang Espersen of Denmark, and Anne Weber of Germany. Each will receive an award of € 1,500.

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Wednesday March 4, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: Close-up, works by Josepha Gasch-Muche reveal their strong emotional qualities

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On view at Galerie B in Baden-Baden, Germany, through June 13, 2015 is a solo exhibition of the remarkable glass assemblages of Josepha Gasch-Muche. Titled “Cube,” the gallery show features two new works in addition to several pieces made between 2010 and 2014. Using overlaid thin glass elements, Gasch-Muche invites us into a geometric world where the complex surfaces and intricate lighting veers close to chaos but is ordered and made comprehensible by the careful attention to structure. From a distance, Gasch-Muche’s art pieces look like creations of cold perfection with sharp cutting edges, but they come to life when you come closer to see the sublime tenderness and vulnerability evident in the fragile quality of crystal glass elements.

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Installation view with Jason Bauer's Pink Knot (2015) in left foreground and curator Michiko Sakano's Order & Chaos (2007) work in blown glass and feathers on pedestal in rear.

Sunday March 1, 2015 | by Andrew Page

Eclectic Brooklyn group exhibition highlights the range of what’s possible in glass

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When curator and artist Michiko Sakano invited 12 artists working with glass in very different ways to respond to the concept of "pink," she intentionally left the assignment open to interpretation. The result is an exhibition on view in the Bushwick-Ridgewood section of Brooklyn through March 15th that delivers an impressive showcase of how glass can be employed in the service of very different aesthetics and with contrasting results depending on the technique employed .Sakano self-consciously reached out to a diverse group of artists because she wanted to see how individuals working in different techniques and with sharply different approaches would interpret their "assignment." The provocative results are displayed in Lorimoto Gallery in the emerging art center in New York's Brooklyn borough, where the works by Deborah Adler, Jason Bauer, Jon Chapman, Jason Christian, Amber Cowan, Chris Duffy, Dave Naito, Amanda Patenaude, Erica Rosenfeld, Thu Tran, Thaddeus Wolfe, and Ben Wright have been assembled together with Sakano's own take on the pink concept.

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